Earlier this week, great news came for Sony Pictures as Aaron Sorkin had finally been signed on to adapt the best selling biography from Walter Isaacson into a biopic itself simply titled Steve Jobs. With this being the second film in development that focuses on the late Apple genius’ life and legacy, this is certainly the most high profile of the two although Ashton Kutcher playing Jobs has certainly attracted a lot of attention. Now, it seems they’re bringing one major player into helping out Sorkin with the upcoming film.
The Film Stage reports that Sony Pictures has hired co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak to assist “on not only the technical portion of the script, but the technical pioneer himself”. The project will be handled with care, as Sorkin tells Reuters that he doesn’t want to do a straight-forward biopic. Instead, he’s searching for a challenging moment that he can build a film around; one that certainly made Jobs into the man he was after a particular struggle.
That’s not to say that other portions of Jobs’ life would not be covered, but figure that The Social Network never really focused on the gigantic success of Facebook. The climax of the film ends with gaining the one millionth member, only a fraction of the 901 million users that currently occupy the site today. We can see a similar climax with Jobs, and it’s likely that which Sorkin is trying to find.
Wozniak will likely provide a more personal recollection of the tech giant, and this will easily lead to some more interesting character moments regarding the personality of Jobs. While the more technical aspects will likely be worked in as well, much as the code writing jargon was in The Social Network, it likely won’t be an extremely primary focus. Apple computers will indeed get the big spotlight, but the feature is about the man himself and his coming up into becoming what many consider a technology god.
With a script still in the works, no production, director, or casting has yet been set for Steve Jobs.